The pair are generally believed to be the greatest ever to participate in the sport, while there is animosity within their fans, the players themselves pronounced to be on good terms. Messi has now provided extra proof of the matter.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi proffered football supporters a moment to remember in their recent meeting at the UEFA Awards ceremony. When inquired concerning one of his preceding statements about Messi, Ronaldo replied that he would like to have dinner with his old-time rival in the near future.
Ronaldo said: “We share the stage for 15 years, me and him. I don’t know if that has ever happened in football; the same two guys on the same stage all the time. It’s not easy, as you know. And, of course, we have a good relationship. We’ve not had dinner together yet, but I hope in the future.”
Lionel Messi considers Juventus as a strong team because of their signings he said: ‘signed very well’ over the summer and now feels ‘closer’ to Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I think everyone strengthened and signed the players they needed,” he told the Catalan publication.
“I think Atletico have built a great team and made some very good signings. They seemed like the team who had weakened the most, but they ended up putting together a great and very balanced team, with many options.
“Real Madrid also signed very well. Beyond what’s been said, they kept their team together and brought in important players like Hazard.
“Juventus signed very well, City too… In general, I think everything’s tighter now and all the big teams are getting stronger.”
In his response to Ronaldo’s statements during the recent award gala, he connoted: “I have no problem with him. I’ve always said I have no problem with him. We weren’t friends because we hadn’t shared a dressing room.”
“We’ve only ever seen each other at galas or award ceremonies. I have no problem with him. We talked the most at the last gala and we were closer. I don’t know if we’ll have dinner together because I don’t know if we will cross paths.”
“Everyone has their own life and has their own commitments, but it wouldn’t be a problem.”
Messi and Ronaldo had been tussling for the title of the best player for over a decade now after acquiring 10 Ballon d’Ors among themselves.
But currently, there has been a transformation in the holder of the title with Luka Modric obtaining it last year and Van Dijk the favourite this time around.
On whether he’s the preference to win this year’s Ballon d’Or, he added: ‘I don’t know. The Ballon d’Or is strange, no one really knows who is the favourite.
‘Recently they’ve looked more at the club’s results, which isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes it’s been for the World Cup which not everyone values the same. I don’t know.
‘Honestly, there isn’t a specific line on which you can define the Ballon d’Or winner. I’ve never felt I was the favourite or not. As I’ve said before, individual awards are secondary to me.’
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are supposed to meet each other again in the near future, with the pair nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s award and the FIFPro World XI. They are further assumed to be in the top three for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
Lithuanian artist Jolita Vaitkute spent a staggering 27 hours putting together a piece of how Ronaldo and Messi having dinner together might look with the use of food and restaurant equipment.
During UEFA Champions League‘s draw on August 29, last month, the Juventus hitman and the Barcelona legend admitted that they are very good friends outside of football but they still haven’t had dinner together yet and extended an invitation to the Argentinean for the same in what was considered by fans as an epic moment.
However, in response to the invitation, Vaitkute spent an insane 27 hours in making his masterpiece.
In total, the artwork is eight meters long and three meters wide, made of 658 objects that include oysters, shrimps, grapes and various desserts and drinks. Every object was picked individually from 17 different stores around Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.
Explaining what inspired her to create the mindblowing design, Jolita told SPORTbible: “In response to Ronaldo’s comments, the city of Vilnius decided to act as a mediator between the two living football legends and offer them dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants.”
She further stated, “Ten of the top-rated restaurants jumped on board by inviting the distinguished guests to try the best their chefs have to offer. To make sure the two footballers would have a wide enough range of eating places to choose from, a table for “Ronaldo and Messi” was reserved in each of the restaurants. This is why we chose to make portraits from meals, glasses and tables as an invitation visual.”
On being asked about who she thinks the GOAT really is out of the two, Jolita added, “Both of them are cool. I just like the friendship between two opponents.”